College Conference | July 27-28
"If God, why evil?"
The dilemma is well known. It is not a new inquiry, but an ancient one. How can one understand the reality of suffering in light of the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful, good God? As believers in the good news who have a responsibility to answer hard questions about the hope we possess (1 Peter 3:15) we cannot avoid the question. For a new generation of Christians living in the information age, in which one can be made aware of catastrophes around the globe only seconds after they occur, the question of suffering is particularly acute.
And yet, the enigma is not merely theoretical. At some point in his or her life, every follower of Jesus comes face to face with the reality of suffering in an experiential way. When such a crisis happens, one realizes rather quickly that the problem of evil is not an apologetic question only, but an intensely personal one. In other words, suffering is not only something for which we need to have an explanation: it is something with which we must live.
The theme for the 2018 College Conference is "Suffering: Living for Christ in a Broken World." In this conference, we hope to see a renewed commitment on the part of Christian college students and their peers to passionately share their faith to a skeptical world that has been hardened by suffering. In regards to evangelism, we believe the brokenness that surrounds us provides an urgency to share the good news of our resurrected Christ, and should not intimidate us to back down. We also long to see young Christians who experience suffering go through their afflictions in a reflective rather than a reactionary way, with their worldview intentionally shaped by Scripture, and their faith firmly resting in Jesus. The teaching at this year's meeting will have such ends in mind.
Our speakers this year will be Pastor Wayne Hardy and Tyler Prater.
The conference will start on Friday evening, and to assist in providing the necessary materials, food, etc. a $25 registration fee will be collected from all attendees.
Attendance at the conference is open to those preparing to enter their senior year of high school and all college aged individuals. The registration deadline is July 15, 2018. Please make this conference a matter of consideration.
If you have any immediate questions you can contact David Harris at 417-833-1529 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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